Replacement of Hobart's city planner on hold

2013-02-03T17:30:00Z 2013-05-23T14:45:06Z Replacement of Hobart's city planner on holdDeborah Laverty, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223

HOBART | Building inspector Carroll Lewis will serve as interim city planner until a permanent replacement is named, Mayor Brian Snedecor said.

City officials have not gone forward with active recruitment to replace former City Planner A. J. Bytnar, who resigned effective Jan. 4, Snedecor said.

"We have not initiated a process on that," Snedecor said.

Lewis, who has served as the city's building commissioner under Snedecor and two previous mayors, was moved to the position of building inspector in July 2009.

Snedecor at that time named Mike Hannigan to replace Lewis.

Instead of focusing on naming a new city planner, officials have been working on first replacing former Police Chief Jeff White, who stepped down from that position last month.

Plans are to name a new police chief in early March, Snedecor said.

"We have other issues first," Snedecor said.

Bytnar, who went back to school to receive an advanced college degree, spent one of his last days on the job attending the Jan. 3 Plan Commission meeting.

Bytnar, 30, started as Hobart's city planner Aug. 18, 2009, replacing Sergio Mendoza.

Bytnar, prior to his leaving his position, placed postings through both the state and national American Planning Association.

Bytnar said he will be attending Ball State University in Muncie with plans to earn a master's certificate in real estate development.

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